Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 83 Contractors Build on Success with Flurry of Contracts Two of the borough’s leading building firms have recorded phenomenal successes in the first half of the year. Bamber Bridge-based Eric Wright Construction, part of the Eric Wright Group, is currently underway with a £2m world-leading IsoLab facility at Lancaster University. The scheme comprises three underground laboratory spaces where vibration, noise and electromagnetic disturbance will be drastically reduced to provide an ultra-clean experimental environment. The firm is also constructing a new two-form entry high school and sixth form in Burnley, a £4.1m free school, Khalsa Science Academy, in Leeds and has been appointed to deliver a £9.6m, 54,500 sqft office building for Stockport Homes in the heart of Greater Manchester. Conlon Construction has completed a refurbishment and extension of Leyland Trucks’ headquarters. The 15-month programme of works created an additional floor of office space above the existing two-storey building, enabling product design group staff to move into the new third floor from their previous location within the production area. The firm also recently completed its biggest and most ambitious school project to date. The new 73,000 sq ft King’s Leadership Academy in Warrington will accommodate up to 840 students aged 11-18, with five-form entry. Finally, Conlon Construction has built a new £30m private hospital in Ashford, Kent. The 14-month project comprises 10 consulting rooms, four theatres, four treatment rooms, an endoscopy suite, 20 en-suite rooms, 10 ambulatory care beds and an MRI & imaging suite. Eric Wright and Conlon Construction is now part of the Central Lancashire Construction Hub. Recently formed to maximise the opportunities for local construction businesses to benefit from a multi-billion pound Project Pipeline in Lancashire, the Group will also prioritise skills/Apprenticeships and business development. For more information and to get involved, contact the Enterprise Team at South Ribble. Green Light for Bamber Bridge Scheme Bamber Bridge town centre is set to be transformed as part of a £3.5m redevelopment programme. The scheme uses the town’s Old English name ‘beam’ and ‘brycg’, which translates to ‘tree trunk’, as inspiration, and will see the addition of striking public gardens. Funded by the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, the project also includes major upgrades to Station Road with wider footpaths, enhanced crossings and improved parking facilities and is supporting local retail centres including our Leyland Town Team. College Completes £6.2m Science & Engineering Centre Runshaw College’s new multi-million pound Science and Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC) at Euxton Lane has opened its doors following a 10-month build programme by Balfour Beatty. The facility offers state-of-the-art workshops and laboratories and will facilitate stronger links between the college and local businesses. Tim Cahill, Head of Schools Liaison at Runshaw College, says the new centre will boost the local economy and transform the employability of those studying Science and Engineering programmes at Runshaw. “Lancashire has the largest concentration of aerospace production and high technology manufacturing in the UK and these sectors are anticipated to grow over the next few years. Similarly, the need for qualified science professionals is predicted to increase, with demand in particular in pharmacology, physiology, biotechnology, drug metabolism, toxicology and pathology. “Our new SEIC has been designed to support growth in these sectors and to enhance our current partnerships with local businesses. We aim to deliver real business benefits through the provision of innovative education and training programmes, working collaboratively with employers to ensure the creation of a highly skilled workforce for the future.” It also houses the college’s new HND (Higher National Diploma) and HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Mechanical Engineering. These courses are suited to anyone looking to pursue a career within this area and those already working within the field. For more information, contact Runshaw College on 01772 643008. Runshaw College’s new SEIC CGI of Burnley High School CGI of the new scheme BUILDING SUCCESS